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Google may leave China

By Hal Straus  |  January 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Come on, Google. Remember "do no evil"? Here's your chance to remove some of that tarnish.

Posted by: random-adam | January 13, 2010 8:08 AM

The logical/"Google" thing to do (which they should have done already)is leave China. If Google cannot stand by its "universal rules" while doing business in China, then they should leave. Google should have never opened an office in China under those restraints in the first place. Google has already been tarnished by its actions, and continuing down this path will not "go well" for them.

Posted by: rayven-t | January 13, 2010 8:58 AM

We need American companies to do well in Asia, more than just essentially training their domestic sector, having their IP stolen, and then getting kicked out. The other point to make is that if you really want to make a difference, pulling up stakes and moving on may not lead to your ultimate goal.

Posted by: NovaMike | January 13, 2010 9:03 AM

I fully support Google's move towards greater integrity and less collusion with the government of China. To be an American means that you are sworn to uphold the US Constitution, not only is this our duty as citizens, it is our duty as human beings who love a free society.

Posted by: g-lo | January 13, 2010 10:39 AM

I'm surprised at the 96% poll in favor.

I wrote to Google to commend them, as follows:

"Congrats on your decision on China

As a loyal American (born in NYC) from parents who survived the Holocaust (my dad was in a Concentration Camp in Germany), I wish to thank you Google for your reasoned, and considered, response to China for their tampering with Gmail and then for your further decision to stop censorship.

I was disappointed in you when you capitulated to China's rules a few years ago, but I am surely proud of you now.


Posted by: Pete_from_nyc | January 13, 2010 11:15 AM

I'm impressed, provided Google follows through on this.
It will be interesting to see what MS does given their
well documented lack of ethics and desire to win at any
cost using any method. MS may see this as an opportunity
to gain market share.

Posted by: dfolk1 | January 13, 2010 12:40 PM

This is just a threat, Google isn't really going to leave. It's bait, they're throwing it out there to fish for a response. They'll make their judgment as to what to actually do after they get that response.

As far as "doing the right thing" ... c'mon, who are you kidding besides yourself? Trying to throw your pro-American anti-Chinese sentiments into this is just plain juvenile.

China can do without google, google can do without china. It would be nice if we could all do without china, but thanks to our incompetent political parties (both of them) selling our future to the chinese for today's vote pandering, we can't.

Save you bile for the democrats and the republicans. You can actually do something about them

Posted by: khote14 | January 13, 2010 1:19 PM

Google doesn't need China, but China needs Google.

After all, isn't China trying to portray itself as a successful nation under communism?

Unfortunately for THEM, Google is the worlds standard for search and internet connectivity (For web based services and web commerce).

Google can do without China, but China cannot do without Google

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 13, 2010 3:03 PM


"A senior Microsoft Corp. executive said that "Google would do disservice to Chinese people" by leaving China because Google censors its Chinese search results less aggressively than Chinese local competitor Baidu and other Chinese portal companies. A pullout by Google would strip Chinese Internet users of a good alternative, the executive said."'s_Most_Popular

Posted by: dfolk1 | January 13, 2010 4:35 PM

China needs Google? [Hearty guffah.] Name one single thing that Google does that wasn't being done before, or isn't being done by someone else. Google is a parasite, perpetually exploiting its latecomer's advantage.

In light of Google's overt disdain for intellectual property rights, I figured it would be moving to closer parternships with China.

This is like Alien versus Predator. They're both monsters.

Posted by: Wallenstein | January 13, 2010 4:36 PM

How does this poll so confidently proclaim that it is the Chinese government trying to hack into Gmail? Such claim is not made in any reports in the Post or anywhere else. In fact, most of these were part of phishing scams and some companies other than Google were also involved. This over-simplification is the typical sensationalization in boosting anti-China, pro-American sentiments.

Posted by: pseudotriton | January 13, 2010 11:46 PM

On the contrary Raven-T. Google was exactly right to set up business in China, and it is exactly right in pressuring the Chinese government to change. Had Google avoided China, it would not currently have the leverage it does now.

Posted by: sternenator | January 14, 2010 12:03 AM

Since Google only has about 35% market share (because of an unconducive foreign business environment), the Chinese government is trying to steal their technology, so they can build up the Chinese business, and ultimately use it against Google and the US. It is not coincidental that the only businesses attacked were areas where China is lagging. Google needs help for the US government as this is a political problem.

Posted by: mpramanik | January 14, 2010 1:46 AM

Google illegally scanned millions of Chinese books and is losing a copyright case in Chinese court. I believe it is simply a ploy used by Google to gain certain advantage in its negotiation with China and, in the meantime, sound like a defender of free speech and human rights. The western media are just overjoyed to grap this opportunity to further their anti-China agenda.

Posted by: cytsh | January 14, 2010 3:07 AM

I believe in the free exchange of though and freedom of speech and expression. What does China and Cuba fear? that they would lose control of the people if they are no longer afraid of the intimidation and pressure that they can apply to an individual. Remember the minds of the people are already Free! Remember why you had a Revolution, it can happen again. China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, STOP WITH YOUR PARANOIA. And get on the same page as the rest of the world. So you can really Prosper.

Posted by: Defarge47 | January 14, 2010 6:02 AM

Google is probably the best invention since the wheel. I can't imagine a day without googling something. But cooperating with censorship has certainly dimished the happy feeling I used to have when I saw the Google logo. It will be great to return google to the list of ethical companies.

Posted by: DWinFC | January 14, 2010 8:57 AM

If Google can have an effect in China, why not try to have an effect in the USA? Survey voters. Do you Plan to become an Independent voter? If so Google ______. Do you approve of the proposed Health program? Which aspect of the program is the worst? 1.; 2.; or 3.

Posted by: llnstoner | January 14, 2010 9:54 AM

Oh I missed the part where Google has done anything beyond release a statement.

If they followed through on their "do no evil" motto then I'd fully support their decision. Too bad most other companies with a HQ here don't have the integrity to follow suit.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 14, 2010 10:16 AM

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